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The Wild Heart (1952)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1952 (USA)
A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a ... See full summary »

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Mary Webb (novel), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Hazel Woodus
David Farrar ... Jack Reddin
Cyril Cusack ... Edward Marston
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. Marston
Edward Chapman ... Mr. James
Esmond Knight ... Abel Woodus
Hugh Griffith ... Andrew Vessons
George Cole ... Cousin Albert
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aunt Prowde
Frances Clare Frances Clare ... Amelia Comber
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Landlord / Elder
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson ... Roadmender / Elder
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Chapel elder
Arthur Reynolds Arthur Reynolds ... Chapel elder
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Martha
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A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a prologue. (2) Adding scenes explaining things, often by putting labels or inscriptions on them. (3) Adding more close-ups of Jennifer Jones (Selznick's wife). He also deleted a few scenes that he felt weren't dramatic enough. Sadly some of these were major plot points so the story doesn't make as much sense as the original. In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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From the makers of "The Red Shoes" and "Tales of Hoffman" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1952 (USA) See more »

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Gypsy Blood See more »

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Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Something of a mess!
7 March 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

David O Selznick presents a textbook example of how not to edit a film; this is the hacked, reordered, and partly re-shot version of Powell and Pressburger's 'Gone to Earth'.

Clumsy cuts with scenes chopped, flagging the obvious with signs and the like, additional scenes (not without interest, but not really needed), a more dramatic ending (I preferred the original), more close-ups of Ms Jones, a superfluous narration, and that's just for starters.

I saw 'Gone to Earth', the full and original version of this, first; and can't help finding 'The Wild Heart' a little disappointing in comparison.

It is good to see both versions but give me the original any time. 'The Wild Heart' feels like something which was almost done for a joke, by a film production student!


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